Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele - OPTIONAL

Teele, Elinor The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin.  352 pages. Illustrated by Ben Whitehouse. Walden Pond Press (HarperCollins), 2016.  $16.99.  Content: G

Eleven-year-old John Coggin works for his Great-Aunt Beauregard building coffins for the family business.  Since his parents died when he was young, he has taken to looking out for his younger sister Page.  John would love to spend his time inventing and creating things, but his Aunt works him to the bone.  When she announces that he and Page will be permanent partners, he knows that they have to do something drastic to avoid a horrible life.  So, they run away and end up on a crazy adventure. 

This book was a super slow and painful read for me.  The subject of building coffins was a huge turn-off.  I thought there was a lot of advanced vocabulary used that most targeted readers would not understand.  However, they may enjoy the adventures and interesting cast of characters that John and Page end up meeting during their travels.  My 9-year-old son didn’t quite make it half-way through the book before moving on to a different book. 

EL –OPTIONAL.  Reviewer:  Nancy W.

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